Publishing Process Stuff… :D

16 Jun

Over on TeacherWriter, Running1 asked me whether I had self-published or traditionally published, and what process I used to get my book into production.

I self-published A Life Less Ordinary, mainly because I didn’t want the hassle of trying to get it published through a traditional publisher.  (At the time, my patience for jumping through hoops was at an all-time low.)

My first step (after writing the thing, of course – 😀 ) was to edit.  And edit.  And then edit some more.  I shared it with friends and strangers, and corrected the errors they caught.  And then I edited it again.  Editing Hell is, well, hell.  Ugh.

There comes a time, though, when you have say something’s done and you move on to the next step.

When I was nearing the end of Editing Hell, I incorporated a company (Love of Words Publishing Inc.).  A Life Less Ordinary was and is my guinea pig to figure out my business processes.  I want to eventually publish other people’s work as well, but first I have to figure out how all of this is done.  At the time I started, I had no clue what it would take to get the book uploaded onto Amazon, or how (or if!) I could get it ready for printing at CreateSpace.

Thanks to my previous day job, I have a basic understanding of the publishing process, from copyright, editing, graphic design, desktop publishing and contracts, to some very basic knowledge about printing.  I even, if push comes to shove, know people in all of those areas who can give me a hand.  What I didn’t (and still don’t!) have is a very good knowledge of marketing and distribution.  Only the two most important pieces.  *cough*

Now, I did things a bit awkwardly this first go-round.  I created the first cover myself…and it was…oh my God –AW-FUL!!!  It’s still floating around out there in cyberspace and it’s truly horrible.  I didn’t get the current cover until March, after I commissioned it through a site called CrowdSpring (linked through CreateSpace).  I also published the e-book first (in December) and then the print book in March.  I tied myself to an exclusive agreement with Amazon for three months and so the book wasn’t released on Smashwords until late April.  I didn’t start making arrangements for the blog tours until March (when I knew I’d also have a print copy available).

In terms of marketing, I have the two blog tours; I had a free giveaway for five days in December through Amazon (the exclusive agreement I mentioned), and I also did a free giveaway on LibraryThing.  In all, there are almost a thousand free copies floating around in the world, which I hope will translate into sales for the next book.  ;D  I also have a lot of ideas…but very little money at the moment, so some of those ideas will have to wait for a bit.

As I write this out, it all seems very mundane and boring.  So it seems very odd to me that I’ve been having a blast!  With all of it!  Even the really boring stuff – LOL.

The business side of things is very different from the writing side of things.  I write in a very free-flow kind of way.  Whenever I try to describe it, I keep imagining myself skipping through a meadow, strewing words in every direction…which sounds far more disturbing than it is!!  The business side of things is far more structured and linear; I guess it pleases that part of me that’s very Type-A…

So, to make a long story short, I’ve learned a lot about the publishing process with this first book.  Which means the next one will be much smoother, as will the one after that, and the one after that – 😀 .  I’ve also enjoyed every minute of it (even those minutes that annoyed me (formatting the Smashwords version – OMG!!!))

I’m not sure if this is what you, Running1, was hoping to learn about; just drop me a comment if you have questions or if I’ve totally missed the boat!!  😀


Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to “Publishing Process Stuff… :D

  1. Running1

    June 17, 2013 at 6:51 am

    This is so informative – thanks. I am currently trying the traditional route but I’m so interested in the process others have used and trying to soak in as much info as I can. I really like the hookline for your book and once I have a free moment, I am going to pick it up. If you feel like perusing my first 3 chapters – lmk and I’ll send it to you. Realize you’re swamped at the moment getting yours out and best of luck!

    • victoriabernadine

      June 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Running1 – sorry for not getting back to you yesterday! It did not go as planned… 😦

      I’m glad you found my post informative, and that you like the hookline for my book!! If you want to check out the preview, it’s available on

      And sure, I’ll take a look at your first three chapters – just send it to me at I’ll try to get back to you ASAP with any comments/feedback. 🙂

      • Running1

        June 19, 2013 at 5:22 am

        just emailed it Victoria – thanks!


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